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iPhone 6s

iPhone 6S $20/month at T-Mobile – Not so Simple

I just wanted to clear up some misconceptions about T-Mobile’s new $20/month plan for the iPhone 6s:

  1. Yes, you can get the upgraded storage specs – you simply put $100 or $200 down on the phone before you begin the $20 payments each month depending on if you want the 64gb or 128gb respectfully. Your card will not be charged until the device is shipped.
  2. Yes, you can stop paying monthly before your 18 months are up. Tired of your payments? Cancel your plan, pay the remaining months, and send back your phone or pay the pay-off amount and keep your phone. You won’t get the $7 monthly bill credit this way, so you’ll end up paying full retail price for your phone, but if you decide to leave T-Mobile before the 18 months are up you do have a way out. If you stay the full 18 months, you’ll end up saving yourself $125 on the cost of the device by joining their Jump on demand leasing program (so long as you pay the pay-off amount at the 18 month mark so that you leave the program and own the device).
  3. Don’t like the phone or service in the first month? Take it back for a full refund. Seriously. 30 days and you can return it to T-Mobile for a 100% refund including any down payment you’ve made or any service costs you’ve paid for.
  4. Go to a T-Mobile store if you want to sign up. You cannot sign up for this plan over the phone unfortunately.

I hope this clears some things up for anyone considering these new plans from T-Mobile. Thanks to the new LTE and 700mhz support, my girlfriend and I preordered these yesterday after about an hour in the T-Mobile store. Hopefully your T-Mobile store experience is speedier than mine.

The mail server “imap.gmail.com” is not responding problem on iOS with Mail.app

This was a new annoyance on my phone for personal (mostly spam) gmail accounts as of iOS 8.3. The issue became a lot more frequent as of iOS 8.4 and I believe I’ve found a fix to the problem.

This issue seems not to affect google apps accounts, at least in my experience, but has affected any “free” gmail accounts I had added to the system mail app.

To solve the problem:

  1. Remove all of your affected accounts from mail.
  2. Re-add the accounts, but do not select “Google” from this screen and instead select other.
  3. Choose add mail account.
  4. Enter your gmail information including the name that you want your recipients to see.
  5. On the following screen, add your information again. You’ll also need to add the SMTP and IMAP servers as well as your gmail address and password to additional fields on this screen 
  6. Choose if you want to sync notes on the next screen
  7. That’s it!

You should be all set with your gmail account added to mail again bypassing the failing Google oauth authentication method. You may also need to enable IMAP on gmail if you have not done so at some point already.

It should be noted that using this method will no longer sync your calendar or your contacts. In order to sync those using open protocols and their standard authentication mechanisms rather than using the “Google” account in iOS to sync everything (which uses Oauth2 I believe), you’ll need to add your contacts using CardDav and your calendar using CalDav.

To fix this and get your contacts and/or calendar syncing on iOS again:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. Add Account
  4. Other
  5. Add CardDav or Add CalDav
  6. On the next screen:
    Server: google.com
    User Name: Enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address.
    Password: Your Google Account or Google Apps password.
    Description: Whatever you want to call this account.
  7. You’re finished!

I hope this helps you resolve your gmail issues with iOS’ mail app.